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These blog posts explore experiences in teaching about illness narratives.

Grand Rounds Week 1: Introduction, Syllabus, and Welcome to Blogging

One week ago was the first day of my Honors 135 course, Grand Rounds: Exploring the Literary Symptoms of Illness through Narrative. It was exciting to start and to meet all my students, and I’m really looking forward to an interesting and enlightening semester.

I’ve been struggling to decide exactly how I would like to showcase my course and my thoughts about teaching on this blog. For the time being, I’ve decided to focus on my own instruction materials. I might discuss new ideas that arise in class, but to honor the sanctity of our classroom discussion, I might withhold these thoughts until the end of the semester and reflect on the course as a whole at that time.

And so, here are the openly licensed materials from our first day of class:

Honors 135 Syllabus

Lesson Plan Week 1

How to Create WordPress Blog


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Grand Rounds: Now Available for Registration

The course that I am teaching next semester, Grand Rounds: Exploring the Literary Symptoms of Illness through Narrative, has now been posted. First year undergraduate students at the University of Michigan will be able to start registering for it within the next few weeks.

I’m excited that this is happening. I’m really looking forward to sharing my interests in illness narratives with other students and learning from their own insights and revelations as well.

Check out my upcoming course listed in the UM Course Guide!

Grand Rounds LSA CG


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Teaching Illness Narratives through the Honors Program

I’m excited to announce that I will officially be teaching a mini-course about illness narratives this year!

The Honors Program at UM offers a unique opportunity for thesis-writing seniors: design a course and, if selected, teach it to first year students.

So I created my own syllabus and schedule/reading list for a course that I called Grand Rounds: Exploring the Literary Symptoms of Illness through Narrative.

This summer, I’ll be revising this syllabus and creating educational resources  to teach the course. It’ll be interesting to revisit some of the canonical works that I have studied over the past few months and rethink about them through an educational perspective.

I’m excited to get a sense of what teaching about illness narratives is like; since I hope to get involved in academic medicine and teach about this genre some day, I know this will be a great experience for me. And who knows, maybe I’ll even convert some students to be avid bloggers and illness narrative enthusiasts!

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